If you hunger for a 9-to-5 lifestyle, free of disruption and unexpected challenges, then this is definitely not the job for you. Such was the advice delivered to about 1,000 would-be cabin crew by Cathay Pacific recruiters yesterday. The airline is looking to hire 300 additional crew as it expands its services and fleet this year. Two hundred at a time, the hopefuls, some of whom were queuing outside Cathay Pacific City at Chek Lap Kok airport at 6am, were led into a theatre where they were briefed by Cathay cabin crew about what to expect if they managed to secure jobs. 'We hire for attitude,' said cabin crew manager Shirley Au Yeung. 'They need to have patience and passion. 'In this job they will get to see the world and meet people from all over, so they will need adaptability as well.' She said recruits needed to be prepared for anything, whether it was turbulence, terrorism or downturns in the tourist trade. 'This is a roller coaster of a business, things are always in turmoil,' Ms Au said. To help prepare them for life in the clouds, new cabin crew are given six weeks' intensive training in everything from how to apply their makeup, to lifesaving, firefighting, in-flight cookery and how to hurl themselves down the emergency slide and land on their feet. As a none-too-subtle reminder that we are living in the post-September 11 world, they are also given anti-terrorism training, details of which are confidential. Hotel management major Teresa Wong Wai-shan, 22, said she thought a job with Cathay would set her up for the future. Her Polytechnic University classmate Andy Lin Chung-shing, also 22, said being in the service industry had been his ambition since he was in secondary school. Computer store supervisor Wilford Wong Wang-chun, 26, said service was something he enjoyed. He was undaunted by the irregular hours, the potential dangers of flying or the thought of dealing with drunk and unruly passengers. 'I will just have to deal with it.'